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Aug 5, 2022

The world’s first-ever international holographic teleportation has just been conducted

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, holograms

Holographic teleportation could solve the many issues that 2D virtual meetings have these days. Besides, you could simply beam into work while at home.


Researchers at the University of Western Ontario recently completed the world’s first-ever international holographic teleportation.

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Aug 5, 2022

Fort Worth using digital meters to track who’s violating water restrictions

Posted by in category: futurism

In the past, the city relied on complaints to identify people not following the rules, but new digital water meters installed city wide means the city doesn’t have to wait for someone to call.

The meters send water data back wirelessly. Customers can now monitor their daily and hourly water use through an app, alerting them to high usage rates or leaks.

The city though is also able to see high use rates at times when it doesn’t add up. Rates of 300-gallons per hour on a Monday, indicated someone probably had the sprinklers on, triggering a notice.

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Aug 5, 2022

Uncrewed surface vehicle makes studying the ocean easy and affordable

Posted by in categories: health, particle physics, transportation

“Pamela” is an uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) developed as an entrepreneurial idea at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for sampling a variety of surface water particles, from microplastic to plankton to salmon lice. The USV is a joint effort by an interdisciplinary team—Andrea Faltynkova, a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Biology, and Artur Zolich, a postdoc at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics.

Faltynkova studies microplastics in the ocean. Microplastics are bits of plastic smaller than 5 mm, which is roughly the size of the end of a pencil. While researchers know that microplastics can have negative effects on marine or freshwater organisms, there’s less known about how they affect human health. But studying microplastics is a challenge because of the nature of the substance itself, she says.

“Microplastics are so heterogeneous. It’s a very large, diverse group of particles. Not only that but they are very unevenly distributed. Microplastic is not like other dissolved pollutants that can be detected even in small quantities of water or soil. If you go and you take a liter from the sea, and there’s no plastic in it, can you conclude that there is no plastic in the sea?” she asked.

Aug 5, 2022

10 BETTER ways to get to Mars! (Or Saturn!)

Posted by in category: space travel

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Aug 5, 2022

Engineers create world’s first carbon-neutral cement out of algae

Posted by in categories: chemistry, sustainability

The challenge: The building and construction sector is responsible for a big chunk of global carbon emissions. A lot of those emissions come from the production of cement, which is the second most consumed material on the planet behind water.

Cement produces emissions in two main ways. One is through the chemical reactions that occur while sintering limestone and other materials to make “clinker,” a key component of cement. The other comes from using fossil fuels to heat up kilns to very high temperatures.

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Aug 5, 2022

A bartending robot that can engage in personalized interactions with humans

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A widely discussed application of social robots that has so far been rarely tested in real-world settings is their use as bartenders in cafés, cocktail bars and restaurants. While many roboticists have been trying to develop systems that can effectively prepare drinks and serve them, so far very few have focused on artificially reproducing the social aspect of bartending.

Researchers at University of Naples Federico II in Italy have recently developed a new interactive robotic system called BRILLO, which is specifically designed for bartending. In a recent paper published in UMAP ‘22 Adjunct: Adjunct Proceedings of the 30th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, they introduced a new approach that could allow their to have personalized interactions with regular customers.

“The bartending scenario is an extremely challenging one to tackle using robots, yet it is also very interesting from a research point of view,” Prof. Silvia Rossi, one of the researchers who carried out the study and the scientific coordinator of the project, told TechXplore. “In fact, this scenario combines the complexity of efficiently manipulating objects to make drinks with the need to interact with the users. Interestingly, however, all current applications of robotics for bartending scenarios ignore the interaction part entirely.”

Aug 5, 2022

Graphene oxide membranes reveal unusual behaviour of water at the nanoscale

Posted by in categories: chemistry, energy, nanotechnology

Do more pores in a sieve allow more liquid to flow through it? As material scientists have uncovered, this seemingly simple question may have an unexpected answer at the nanoscale—and it could have important implications in the development of water filtration, energy storage and hydrogen production.

Researchers from UNSW Sydney, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), GANIL (France) and Toyota Technological Institute (Japan) experimenting with Graphene Oxide (GO) membranes have discovered the opposite can occur at the nanoscopic level. The research, published in Nano Letters, shows the chemical environment of the sieve and the of the liquid play a surprisingly important role in permeability.

The researchers observed that a density of pores doesn’t necessarily lead to higher permeability—in other words, having more tiny holes doesn’t always allow water to flow through at the nanoscale. The study, supported by the European Union and Humboldt Research Foundation funding, shines new light on the mechanisms that govern water flow through GO membranes.

Aug 5, 2022

Scientists use DNA Typewriter to encode K-pop lyrics into human genomes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In a recent study published in the journal Nature titled “A time-resolved, multi-symbol molecular recorder via sequential genome editing,” a group of researchers from the University of…

Aug 5, 2022

DNA-guided lattice remodeling of carbon nanotubes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

DNA oligomers wrap around a single-walled carbon nanotube to create ordered sites for the photoaddition of guanine.

Aug 5, 2022

How to be HEALTHIER (3 Simple Rules)

Posted by in category: futurism

Deceptively simple, outrageously powerful for longer, healthier, and happier living.


How can we make being healthy easy and accessible? By following these 3 simple rules!

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